LIQUEUR DU PERE KERMANN
Circa 1936 estimated
Cazanove owes its origin to a monk-doctor who left Brazil at the beginning of the reign of Louis XVI. He was ”Le Père Kermann”.
Very attached to the country and to its people, he developed various elixirs with local plants, to fight the fevers and used alcohol to preserve these infusions.
Back to France after the Revolution, he moved to Bordeaux and began to produce elixirs and tonic wines. He distributed them free to a lot of his patients.
Le Pere Kermann died at the age of 109, leaving his business to a friend of Bordeaux he had met in Brazil.
Later on, Mr Sieuzac, of Catalan origin, who gave a boost by selling elixirs had increased the alcohol content in improving the flavor and the conservation.
The Kermann Tonic Wine became very wide-spread.
Cazanove extended its range of liqueurs following modes and taking back family recipes.
He distributed Jamaican rums and produce very fashionable syrups in 1900.
In spite of a two years stop during First World War, Cazanove prospered. His fame had extended to overseas markets, mainly in South America and Africa.
The distillery was sold in 1983.